Number of weapons recovered over night
Officers across the force have recovered a number of weapons overnight across Coventry and Birmingham in various pursuits and warrants.
A sawn off shot gun was recovered in Ladywood yesterday afternoon (2 April), after officers stopped a Peugeot on cloned plates on Bow Street.
The man attempted to run from officers but was swiftly detained. During the scuffle, the 28-year-old dropped his rucksack, containing the sawn off shot gun and cannabis.
He was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm and possession of cannabis. He remains in police custody today (3 April).
In a separate incident in Birmingham, officers received intelligence that a person had purchased blank firearms online. Officers searched the property on Summer Road in Erdington where two blank firing pistols were seized along with an antique replica rifle and a quantity of blank firing rounds.
Over in Coventry, A BMW displaying false plates failed to stop for officers. Knives and gloves were thrown from the car, which was later abandoned on Beaconsfield Road. A group ran from the car but two were quickly tracked down and detained by officers. The knives and gloves were also recovered.
A 17-year-old and 18-year-old year old have been charged with going equipped, possession of a knife and failing to comply with restrictions relating to coronavirus.
Chief Inspector Phil Cape from the force Gangs team, said: “This is a great result overnight which has resulted in removing a number of potentially deadly weapons from our streets.
“It also highlights that we rely on community intelligence to provide information to us and that we will take action.
“Although two of these weapons were imitation firearms, people would undoubtedly believe this to be the genuine article if they were faced with it.
“These guns will be sent for forensic analysis that will be carried out by ballistics experts.
“Weapons like this are illegal in the UK and anyone in possession of a blank firing pistol may find themselves being arrested and potentially jailed.”